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Planning the project

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So now we know, in a general sense, what the client wants, and a general sense is often all you'll get from clients, especially those that don't already have technical knowledge, or Web builders on staff. You could just wing it, and that's what a lot of people do, but that'll take longer, and you'll probably end up with something the client wasn't expecting, and doesn't really want. No, the best way to proceed is with a plan. So we'll put one together, based on the principles outlined in the Planning Your Site video from earlier in this course. Revisiting that outline, you need to figure out the site's purpose.

Planning the project

So now we know, in a general sense, what the client wants, and a general sense is often all you'll get from clients, especially those that don't already have technical knowledge, or Web builders on staff. You could just wing it, and that's what a lot of people do, but that'll take longer, and you'll probably end up with something the client wasn't expecting, and doesn't really want. No, the best way to proceed is with a plan. So we'll put one together, based on the principles outlined in the Planning Your Site video from earlier in this course. Revisiting that outline, you need to figure out the site's purpose.

In this case, it's to support a traditional campaign. That is, it's not going to be the thing that drives the campaign. It is also supposed reach out to certain demographics; in this case, they specified young. It should do certain other campaign related things, such as have position papers on the site, and it should be there simply because it should be there; it's obliged for a campaign these days to have an online presence. Based on that, you can figure out what sort of features are needed. We know there'll be position papers, so there has to be something like a document library.

The campaign manager mentioned that there's going to be regional campaign subsections. In other words, people who are working on the campaign should be able to set up their own office, and communicate just within their group. There should be some calls to action; in other words, how you can help out with the campaign, Facebook integration, and social media hooks. When we're figuring out our features, it's also important to figure out what features are not necessary. In this case, we don't need user logins for the general public, or any kind of commenting, or forums. That simplifies things quite a bit, because we don't have to plan any spam prevention as well.

Next comes the site map, and here's what we came up with. There's going to be a homepage, and we have some description of exactly what it's going to be. There'll be a section for positions, a section for a blog, a separate members-only section, where those regional campaign offices can talk to each other, and finally, the calls to action, which we'll set on a separate part of the site. At the bottom of every page, of course, we're going to need certain information; About us, Privacy policy, and so on. Now we can start to actually touch upon the design.

We've decided on something like this for our front page. As usual, there'll be a banner, but we also want to have something that tells people they can get involved right there at the top of the screen. The candidate's picture is obligatory, since it is a campaign, a statement, and then we'll have a few positions right there on the front. Internal pages will be a little bit different. We'll get rid of all of those positions, and instead, we'll use that whole content area just for whatever it is that's going to be on that page. Now, when you're building your own wireframes, you might have several of these; you might even have dozens of them, depending on how complex the site is, but for us, we're just doing a very simple site.

Next, we have infrastructure notes. We want to make sure that this gets backed up, so we'll set up the Backup & Migrate module, and create a schedule, so it backs up every day, or every week, or something like that. We know that the campaign manager is the technical contact, so we might want to put that person's name in as the administrator of the entire site. That'll ensure continuity after we're gone. We'll add user roles if we have to as we go along. And for the theme, I've played around a little bit, and I've decided on the Corolla theme, which you might remember is a subtheme of Adaptive themes.

It has special mobile features, which we like. Now, this was a very quick walk-through, of course. The exercise could be quite a bit more detailed, and in the real world, it usually is. For example, on that front page, where we see those individual positions, I'd expect the pages that you get when you click on one of them would have a slightly different design from the rest of the site, and therefore, we would have to plan a wireframe for those pages. But even this small amount of planning goes a long way. The next step is to implement it.

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  1. 4m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Planning your Drupal career
      3m 44s
  2. 25m 46s
    1. Comparing development and production environments
      6m 22s
    2. Configuring your settings.php file
      7m 10s
    3. Running multiple sites from one Drupal installation
      7m 32s
    4. Troubleshooting common issues
      4m 42s
  3. 51m 20s
    1. Understanding your Drupal site's place on the web
      2m 44s
    2. Selecting a web host
      7m 20s
    3. Using Unix's command-line interface
      8m 23s
    4. Working with your web host's access restrictions
      4m 51s
    5. Using cPanel and other graphical web host interfaces
      3m 40s
    6. Transferring files to and from your web host
      5m 49s
    7. Moving databases using phpMyAdmin
      6m 34s
    8. Moving databases using Unix commands
      6m 8s
    9. Modifying server configuration files
      5m 51s
  4. 27m 10s
    1. Learning from case studies
      3m 13s
    2. Planning your site
      4m 18s
    3. Populating your site with Devel Generate
      3m 42s
    4. Managing URL paths
      3m 20s
    5. Restricting access to downloadable files
      5m 55s
    6. Reusing site components with the Features module
      6m 42s
  5. 21m 53s
    1. Understanding and installing Drush
      5m 23s
    2. Installing Drupal using Drush
      7m 24s
    3. Building a site using Drush
      9m 6s
  6. 31m 59s
    1. Backing up with the Backup and Migrate module
      8m 17s
    2. Moderating comment spam
      6m 47s
    3. Migrating from Drupal 6
      4m 28s
    4. Migrating to Drupal 7
      12m 27s
  7. 22m 24s
    1. Letting users log in through OpenID
      5m 10s
    2. Letting users log in through Facebook, Twitter, and other services
      9m 43s
    3. Republishing posts on Facebook and Twitter
      7m 31s
  8. 1h 5m
    1. Understanding Drupal's base themes
      5m 55s
    2. Introducing base themes: Zen and subtheming
      11m 35s
    3. Introducing base themes: Fusion and extensibility
      10m 44s
    4. Introducing base themes: AdaptiveTheme and responsive design
      7m 25s
    5. Introducing base themes: Omega and mobile devices
      7m 9s
    6. Using Firebug and other theming tools
      7m 20s
    7. Modifying themes with Sweaver
      6m 59s
    8. Modifying themes with Livethemer
      8m 45s
  9. 49m 35s
    1. Understanding the Rules module
      6m 48s
    2. Demonstrating how Rules works in Drupal Commerce
      3m 53s
    3. Creating practical rules
      6m 37s
    4. Improving rules
      9m 10s
    5. Defining conditions with the Context module
      7m 51s
    6. Varying layout with the Context and Delta modules
      5m 0s
    7. Varying layout with the Panels module
      10m 16s
  10. 52m 46s
    1. Enabling social features
      9m 46s
    2. Implementing a voting system
      9m 15s
    3. Rewarding good behavior with the Userpoints module
      5m 57s
    4. Setting up Organic Groups
      6m 28s
    5. Adding content to groups
      2m 21s
    6. Seeing group activity better with views and panels
      10m 13s
    7. Making groups private
      4m 54s
    8. Letting each group have its own permissions
      3m 52s
  11. 25m 32s
    1. Understanding packaged Drupal distributions
      2m 8s
    2. Getting a head start with Acquia Drupal
      7m 28s
    3. Creating online storefronts with Drupal Commerce
      6m 53s
    4. Creating government web sites with OpenPublic
      9m 3s
  12. 1h 30m
    1. Taking the assignment
      3m 26s
    2. Planning the project
      3m 43s
    3. Preparing the infrastructure
      8m 42s
    4. Starting the design
      7m 35s
    5. Filling in the content
      7m 29s
    6. Developing the layout
      10m 27s
    7. Finishing the layout
      7m 8s
    8. Refining the CSS
      6m 32s
    9. Setting up sections for regional offices
      4m 53s
    10. Configuring regional offices
      7m 18s
    11. Connecting to social media
      5m 9s
    12. Cleaning up
      12m 32s
    13. Securing the site
      5m 56s
  13. 37s
    1. Next steps
      37s

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